The Opportunity Center
8570 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, South Carolina Show on map Event Details
On behalf of the
Lowcountry Minority Business Partnership as as part of our role as an ecosystem builder for communities of color, South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is co-leading an effort with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to develop a resourceful ecosystem for minority businesses in the Lowcountry. The Lowcountry Minority Business Partnership Vision: "To create an equitable entrepreneurial eco-system in the Lowcountry." Mission: "The Lowcountry Minority Business Partnership aims to connect, empower, and inspire a network of minority entrepreneurs, with an intentional focus on supporting new & existing businesses in the Lowcountry throughout all stages of their lifecycle." Lowcountry Minority Business Partnership Steering Committee Lowcountry Minority Business Partnership Steering Committee Dorthea Bernique Executive Director of Increasing Hope
I am Dorothea Bernique. As a personal finance champion, speaker, and nonprofit leader, I aim to inspire folks across the country with the mindset and attitude to manage their money better and attain financial freedom.
As the founder and executive director of 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛.𝗢.𝗣.𝗘. Financial Training Center, my mission has always been “𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗘𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆.” Corporations, business associations, faith-based organizations, industry trade groups, and women-focused networks hire me to teach and motivate their employees and members about the following: - Understanding your “money mindset.” - Identifying your “spending leaks.” - Demystifying the art of budgeting. - Learning new money management habits. - Creating wealth-building strategies. - Protecting generational wealth. If you are looking for an expert who will inspire your organization’s members to change their mindset and attitude regarding better money management, then let’s connect to learn more about each other. Direct message me here on LinkedIn or visit https://calendly.com/dorothea-2 to get on my calendar for a chat. It’s time to stop feeling like a “hot mess” regarding how we manage our money. Join me to champion others on their journey to financial freedom! Adrian Cane Senior Vice President of Community Advancement at Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Pedro De Armas Owner / Publisher / Editor at El Informador Newspaper
El Informador Newspaper -
- Owner / Publisher / Editor of the largest Spanish publication in the Lowcountry (from Charleston to Hilton Head Island) Serving the Latino community with the most updated local news, national and Internationals news. We educate our community with the most current local news through our print publication and also our online platforms, keeping our internet savvy readers updated and engaged with our social media network. - Experienced in Business development, contributing to the growth of technology businesses that are leading the market in areas of advertising, social media, digital production, interactive marketing, Word Press. Principal Financial Group - - Licensed on Life, Accident & Health; Series 6; Series 63. Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Retirement Planning and Wealth Accumulation. Financial Strategies for individuals, business owners and Companies. Herbert L. Drayton, III Managing Partner at Hi Mark Capital Bernie Mazyck President & CEO of SC Association for Community Economic Development
Since November 1, 1998, Bernie Mazyck has served as the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development. SCACED is the state's trade association and funding intermediary for Community Development Corporations, Community Development Financial Institutions, and grassroots economic development organizations. Through its network of members and partner organizations, SCACED strives to improve the quality of life for poor families and communities by providing innovative and sustainable solutions to low-wealth communities in South Carolina. SCACED achieves this through capacity building of community-based organizations, attracting public and private capital to local community economic development organizations, as well as influencing the public policy process that benefits poor and marginalized people in South Carolina.
Since his time with SCACED, Bernie helped sheppard the growth of the community economic development movement in South Carolina from 4 organizations to over 150. Under Bernie’s leadership, SCACED and its member organizations developed projects valued at over $150 million, with an economic impact in South Carolina of over $350 million. Through SCACED’s members and partners, over 1,000 families purchased their first home, CED organizations created over 6,000 jobs, and thousands of families built wealth in rural and distressed community in South Carolina. Bernie also served as the chief architect of the passage of the South Carolina Community Economic Development Act. This landmark piece of legislation authorizes the South Carolina General Assembly to provide grants loans and tax credits to certified community economic development organizations in South Carolina. This is the only piece of legislation that provides state support directly to community-based organizations working in poor and rural communities of South Carolina. Bernie is a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a BS in Biology, and of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia with a Master of Divinity degree, with a concentration in Ministry with the Poor. In 2000, Bernie completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. Currently Bernie serves on the following Boards: Past Chairman of the National Alliance for Community Economic Development Associations (Washington, DC), Assets and Opportunity Network Steering Committee (Washington, DC), Rural Innovators Learning Group (Washington, DC), Rural Resource Coalition of South Carolina, South Carolina Community Capital Alliance, Alliance for Healthier South Carolina, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, SC Translational Research Advisory Board of MUSC, Connectional Ministries of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina. Bernie is the 2004 recipient of the Order of the Silver Crescent from Governor Mark Sanford and the 2014 recipient of the Order of the Palmetto from former Governor Nikki Haley. The Order of the Palmetto is the state’s highest civilian honor for service to the state. Katie McCravy SVP, President, Market President, Charleston at Optus Bank Dominique Milton President & Chief Engagement Officer at Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Developers Council Harold Singletary Founder and CEO of BrightMa Farms Karen Thrower Event Management Specialist at Kharis Connect
Results-oriented manager with a strong background in event development and management. Excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills. Extensive experience in creative event planning, customer service training and public speaking. Expertise includes:
Strategic Planning Marketing Branding Public Relations Training; Public Speaking Specialties: business plans, call center, contract management, customer relations, customer service, event management, leadership, marketing materials, materials management, meeting facilitation, training materials, training programs Richard Waring Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Experienced leader with a sincere interest in advocacy in the areas of economic development, community revitalization and access for the underserved.
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